Music is required of all students, Kindergarten – grade 12. The music curriculum allows students to participate in a variety of music experiences: making music through singing, playing instruments, creating, moving, listening and analyzing, reading and writing music in notation, exploring the music of many cultures and making music through technology. Class and grade level performances occur regularly, which celebrate special seasons or as a joint effort with classroom teachers or chaplains.
In kindergarten, music begins with the classroom teacher and progresses to activities that engage increasingly complex skills, with the guidance of a music specialist. Through grade 6, music is taught as a special class by a music teacher.
Beginning in grade 5, the opportunity is available to take beginning group instruction in all wind, string and percussion instruments, as well as sing in the choir.
In grades 7 and 8, students can choose from choir, orchestra and band based on interest on a beginning, intermediate or advanced musical ability. This is the first concentrated study of music literature of various periods and styles. Several concerts are presented during the school year. For seventh- and eighth-graders not involved with one of the above musical groups, a class in music exploration is required.
In the Academy, students must earn two credits in performing arts courses in order to graduate. Beginning in grade 9, students may fulfill these requirements through participation in music performance classes or in Music Theory, Music History or Perspectives in the Arts. Concerts and other performances periodically culminate their classwork and demonstrate their developing skills, knowledge and understanding.
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The large numbers of students enrolled in elective music classes and the large numbers of students involved in music on a daily basis in elementary classes are an affirmation of the value placed on music education at Punahou.
Punahou Music School offers students experience in music as an integral part of human expression through instruction that inspires participation, independence, and life-long love and learning of music. The Music School faculty shares knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to musical achievement, which are transferable to other aspects of life.
Punahou Music School provides specialized music instruction for Punahou students, as well as students from the community. We offer private and group lessons for all ages, from preschool to adults.
Through active partnerships with local universities and music organizations, Punahou Music School shares educational leadership, resources and opportunities that help to enrich the local music community for students, parents and teachers.